Thursday, April 24, 2014

Soldiers flog Abuja University students out of hostel


Protesters at University of Abuja. [Photo:]

The Abuja university has been facing crisis in recent times.

Soldiers on Wednesday morning stormed the hostels of students of the University of Abuja, whipping the students out of their rooms.

Reports say that the University authorities had on Tuesday ordered all students to vacate their hostels before 6.00a.m. after ordering the closure of the institution.

The university authorities shut down the school following protests by students against the non-accreditation of some courses of the university. The students protested against the school’s inability to secure accreditation of certain programmes like Engineering courses.

A female student of Philosophy department told PREMIUM TIMES that the students were asked to vacate the campus by 6a.m. on Wednesday by the authorities.

She said by 10a.m., soldiers came into the female hostels, began to flog them and went to ahead to smash their phones.

“Yesterday students were asked to leave by 6a.m. today. And when the soldiers came this morning at about 10a.m. they started flogging students out of the hostel with whips,” she said. “Even those that were not in the hostel when they came but still had their bags inside the hostel, were flogged mercilessly before they were allowed to go pack their things from the hostel,” she added.

The soldiers were reportedly invited to the institution by the University Vice Chancellor, something common with university authorities in Nigeria who call on soldiers to quell students’ protests or activities.

Efforts by PREMIUM TIMES to reach the school authorities were futile as the school’s Vice Chancellor, James Adelabu, did not pick his calls or reply text messages sent to him.

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